March 6, 2012
ATLANTA, Ga. - Western Carolina softball (9-11) was swept by Georgia Tech (14-9) 4-2, 9-2 Tuesday at Mewborn Field.
In game one, Western Carolina held tough holding a short-lived 2-1 lead early in the game. The Catamounts scattered five hits, two of them highly timely, over the course of the seven-inning game.
Georgia Tech took the lead, in the bottom of the first inning, off an RBI single by Kate Kuzma.
After a scoreless second inning, by both teams, Western Carolina got two runs in the third inning to take the lead. With one out, Jordan Fulton singled up the middle with one out. Senior outfielder Erin Foster stroked a shot to right field for an RBI double to score Fulton. The Catamounts took the lead off an RBI double by Shemekia Scotton scoring Foster.
Georgia Tech tied the game and took the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. The Rambin' Wreck tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning when Alysha Rudnick hit a lead-off homerun.
Senior Katie King was the starting pitcher for the Catamounts. She went four innings allowing four runs, on 11 hits, and falls to 2-4 on the season. Amber Steinhardt came into the game in the fifth, in relief, tossing two shutout innings.
Western Carolina jumped out to a quick 2-0 to start the second inning, all without the benefit of a hit. Georgia Tech freshman pitcher Kylie Kleinschmidt had a rough start to the first inning, giving up back-to-back hits to Fulton and Amelia Griffin. Both Fulton and Griffin scored when Foster attempted a squeeze bunt that flustered the Georgia Tech second baseman and she muffed the ball, allowing Futon and Griffin to motor home.
After the play by Western Carolina's softball, Georgia Tech made a pitching change. Kleinschmidt was replaced by Hope Rush, who pitched the first game. Rush got Georgia Tech out of the inning.
Ashley Thomas opened the bottom of the first, for Georgia Tech, with a double to right center. After moving to third on a ground out, Thomas scored on a wild pitch by Catamount starting pitcher Jordan Garrett.
The Yellow Jackets scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to break the game open. Georgia Tech's big inning knocked Garrett out the game. Steinhardt came in for the second straight game.
Georgia Tech added a run in the fifth. The Yellow Jacket's Hope Rush hit a two run homerun in the bottom of the sixth.
Garrett took the loss in the game falling to 5-5. She went 3.1 innings allowing six runs on four hits.
The Catamounts had a bit of a rally in the top of the seventh with runners at first and second twice, courtesy of an error a walk and fielder's choice. Megan Crowe had a beauty of a hit, a two RBI double to left field scoring pinch runner Alex Church and Haley Pace to add a pair of runs at the end of the game.
Western Carolina had two hits in the game, the single by Fulton and double by Crowe.
Western Carolina will have the next seven days off before returning to action on March 13. The Catamounts will host USC Upstate in their home opening doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.